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Fraudulent Emails and Cyber Crime

As a solicitors firm, our clients may be targeted by fraudsters who send emails in which they mispresent themselves as being members or lawyers of Berlad Graham LLP. We set out a guide below to ensure you are aware of what to look out for when receiving emails and what steps to take if you are concerned.

What is a scam email?

Criminals often use scam emails purporting to be from law firms and solicitors. The purpose of the scam email is to trick you into giving them your money or personal details such as your bank account number and login details.

What to look out for?

The scam email may look like it is a genuine email from Berlad Graham LLP and it is important to be vigilant:

  1. Check the email address of the sender to ensure it is exactly the same as the email addresses on our website. Fraudsters may create email accounts which are similar to ours but with a slight spelling variation.
  2. Compare the name in the ‘from’ line to the email address of the sender. If the name is completely different, it is not from Berlad Graham LLP.
  3. Compare the email address of the sender and the signature – it should be from the same person.
  4. We will never send emails from any Google or Hotmail accounts.
  5. Look out for any spelling mistakes. Fraudulent emails are often poorly written but please note that some may appear professional .
  6. We will never ask you to pay any money by clicking on a link – please be very careful of any email which requires you to click on a link as it may contain a virus or malware.
  7. We will never inform you of a change of our bank details by email or provide our account details . Please refer to our client care letter for our bank account details or call the firm on the number provided on our website.

Reporting and what to do if you receive a scam email?

If you receive a fraudulent email or are unsure as to whether it is legitimate, please do not respond to the email or click on any links within it. Please bring the email to our urgent attention by calling us on 01895 457474

You should also ensure that your anti-virus software is up to date to prevent your personal information from being stolen.

Further information can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website and Action Fraud.